DesOEQ Kickoff Meeting

Our kickoff meeting will be held from October 25-27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The conference will take place in the Technology & Innovation Centre at University of Strathclyde (see map). Registration, posters, coffee, and lunch will be held on level 3 (one level up from the main entrance), and the talks will be held on level 1.

Technology & Innovation Centre
99 George St
Glasgow, G1 1RD

All queries should be directed to:


Tommaso Calarco (University of Ulm)
Thierry Giamarchi (University of Geneva)
Wolfgang Ketterle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Leticia Tarruell (ICFO, Barcelona)
Peter Zoller (University of Innsbruck)

Nigel Cooper (University of Cambridge)
Andrew Daley (University of Strathclyde)
Zoran Hadzibabic (University of Cambridge)
Dieter Jaksch (University of Oxford)
Stefan Kuhr (University of Strathclyde)
Ulrich Schneider (University of Cambridge)
Robert Smith (University of Cambridge)

Draft Agenda

Wednesday 25th October

10:00am – Welcome and Introduction
10:20am – Wolfgang Ketterle (MIT)
11:10am – Peter Zoller (Innsbruck)

12:00pm – Lunch and poster presentations

2:00pm – External engagement session (Chair: Erling Riis, Strathclyde)
Nils Hempler (M Squared Lasers)
Andrew Daley (DesOEQ, University of Strathclyde)
Tommaso Calarco (University of Ulm)

3:45pm – Coffee break

4:15pm – Lab tours

6:30pm – Civic Reception (City Chambers, Glasgow)

Thursday 26th October

9:00am – Presentations from the DesOEQ investigators (Ultrich Schneider, Dieter Jaksch, Robert Smith and Zoran Hadzibabic)

10:30am – Coffee

11:00am – Presentations from the DesOEQ investigators (Stefan Kuhr, Nigel Cooper, Andrew Daley)

12:30pm – Lunch and Poster Session

2:30pm – Meetings of the Advisory board and Management committee

4:00pm – Break

6:30pm – Meeting Dinner (Merchants House, Glasgow)

Friday 27th October

9:00am – Tommaso Calarco
9:45am – Leticia Taruell

10:30am – Coffee

11:00am – Thierry Giamarchi
11:45am – Closing Discussion

12:00pm – Lunch

Travel & Accommodation

Travelling to Glasgow

By Plane

Glasgow Airport (GLA) is the main airport serving the city of Glasgow, with a few direct flight connections from the U.S. and Europe. From the airport, the fastest way to reach the workshop venue is to take the Glasgow Shuttle (bus line First 500)  (single £7.50/return £10.00), and to get off the bus on “after Cathedral Street” (see map below). Taxis are also available at the airport (the fare to the Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre should be about £25).

Edinburgh Airport (EDI) serves many national and international destinations and is also very well connected to Glasgow. Citylink Air provides a direct service (45 to 60 min transit time – single £11.40 / return £18.60) from Edinburgh Airport to Buchanan Bus Station in the centre of Glasgow (see map below). If train is preferred, the Airlink (Service 100) connects the airport to Waverley railway station in Edinburgh, where trains to Glasgow Central Station are available (see the National Rail website)

Prestwick International Airport (PIK) – A train to Glasgow Central Railway Station takes 50 minutes.

By Train

The workshop venue is the Technology & Innovation Centre of University of Strathclyde. For information on trains to and from Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow Queen Street Station, please refer to the National Rail website.

By Car

If you come by private car please note that there is free parking available. There are however Glasgow City Council and NCP car parks near the Campus, but charges will apply.


The Premier Inn is located in Glasgow City Centre, close to the workshop’s venue, Technology & Innovation Centre. Prices range from £35 to £109 per night.

187 George St,
Glasgow, Lanarkshire G1 1YU
+44 871 527 8440

The workshop venue is located at the heart of Glasgow, and there is a wealth of other possibilities for accommodation. We list here a selection of hotels located closest to the venue (they can be found on the map below).

and many others can be found on your favorite booking website (e.g., etc.)
Further information can be found at following websites: Glasgow Information Centre and PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW.